As many as 3079 birds were rescued from the illegal trade through 4 rescue operations in Surabaya (East Java), Banyuwangi (East Java), Lampung (South Sumatra), and Riau (Sumatra). All of this happened in just 6 days (23-28 October).
On October 23rd and 24th, FLIGHT conducted two (2) rescue operations in Banyuwangi and Surabaya, East Java. In Banyuwangi, FLIGHT managed to save 2,512 birds and in Surabaya, we managed to save 433 birds. Thousands of these birds will be smuggled from Lombok to Surabaya and Banyuwangi, East Java.
On October 21st, Two (2) FLIGHT investigators went to Lombok to investigate the illegal bird trade. Lombok Island and the surrounding islands are source of illegal bird supply in bird markets in Java, especially East Java.
The investigator team managed to find Two (2) warehouses containing thousands of birds belonging to two illegal traders. They have stolen these birds from the wild. On October 22nd, the team managed to find that illegal traders will smuggle thousands of birds from Lombok to Surabaya and Banyuwangi.
Two (2) FLIGHT investigators based in Lombok divided the work. One investigator followed the truck that was going to smuggle birds into Banyuwangi and another followed another truck that was going to smuggle birds into Surabaya. The team then contacted the quarantine officer. On October 23rd and 24th, the trucks were finally stopped in Banyuwangi and Surabaya. The thousands of birds were then returned to Lombok and released into the wild there.
Another rescue happened on October 26th, the information provided by FLIGHT to the police managed to arrest a trader who’s about to smuggle 94 protected birds from Lampung to Java. The police ambush and arrested the trader in his warehouse in Lampung.
Meanwhile in Riau, on October 28th, FLIGHT together with the Riau Natural Resources Conservation Center succeeded in rescuing 40 protected birds that were going to be smuggled from West Sumatra to Riau. These confiscated birds were released the next day into the wild.